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Irish tourism pulled off a stunning reopening - now it must stamp out Covid inconsistencies

Pól Ó Conghaile


Consistency is now needed on safety, social distancing and face coverings if we are to avoid a staycation slump when schools return, our Travel Editor argues

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Tourism and hospitality in the new normal. Photo: Getty

Tourism and hospitality in the new normal. Photo: Getty

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New normal: A restaurant in Belgium uses perspex barriers for social distancing

New normal: A restaurant in Belgium uses perspex barriers for social distancing

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Tourism and hospitality in the new normal. Photo: Getty

No plan survives contact with the enemy, as the old war cliché goes.

Now, over a month since Irish tourism began reopening, we're getting a view of how Fáilte Ireland's Covid-19 guidelines are holding up. The messy reality of daytrips, staycations and dining out in a pandemic is on full display.

It's been brilliant and baffling, reaffirming and unnerving.